The Race Thru The Clouds opened on July 4, 1911 and was the first racing roller coaster on the West Coast. Its Venice precursor, The Merry Window Waltz, had moveable seats that gave the rider a waltzing effect. This coaster, however, was much faster and included many steep dips. | Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Public Library
The bridge in the background is not the Coral Canal bridge, although it is similar - the canal directly behind the gondola is Lion Canal. If we could look further to the right, we would see Grand Canal, and over to the left, just outside of the shot is Coral Canal. The large building behind the man on the dock is the Antler Hotel, which is said to have housed a speakeasy in it's basement during prohibition.